School of Computing

Superb support for international students

Although we are known as the UK's European University our appeal is world-wide. With 157 different nationalities represented in our student body, and 40% of our teaching and research staff from outside the UK, Kent celebrates intellectual and cultural diversity. Our popularity is due to many factors, including our academic reputation, safe and friendly campuses at Canterbury and Medway, great locations and outstanding computing and study facilities. International students also benefit from our English language support, international students' welcome programme, excellent job opportunities, good student accommodation and a beautiful, multicultural environment.

International education

We welcome applications from international students. The following information may answer any queries.

Qualifications and entry requirements

For admissions we consider all qualifications equivalent to the listed British qualifications. If English is not your first language, then we also typically require IELTS 6.5 overall or equivalent. If you are in any doubt you should contact us so that we can discuss your individual case, email us at

Visa requirements

Please visit the University of Kent visa and immigration pages for full details. You may also find it helpful to view this short film of two students applying for their visas.

Industrial placement

The Year in Industry is an industrial placement during the course of your studies that pays a salary. Most students undertake UK-based placements but there are opportunities to secure placements abroad too. Please see opportunities to work overseas for more information.

Real work experience

Computing programmes which are combined with a Year in Industry are open to all international students and, because it is an integral part of the degree course, a normal student visa will be sufficient to enable you to take up a placement.

All computing students, including international students, can choose to work for the KITC, which provides a project-based consultancy service to businesses in the region.

English language support

All international students at Kent have the opportunity to take up to two hours of free English lessons each week at our Centre for English and World Languages. The Centre also provides pre-sessional English courses and foundation courses that are specially designed to prepare international students for academic study.

International Foundation Programme (Computing G408)

This pre-degree year is designed for international students whose school qualifications are slightly below British A-level. The programme prepares international students for academic study. Upon successful completion it guarantees a place on a Computer Science programme at Kent. On entry students must typically have IELTS 5 or equivalent. This programme is run by the Centre for English and World Languages, which also provides continued support throughout your subsequent studies. Further information is available at the Centre for English and World Languages.

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English language support before you start

If your English language skills are insufficient to meet the entry requirements of your chosen postgraduate course then we can help. The University runs pre-sessional English language courses for international students. These take place during the summer period before the postgraduate courses begin.

English language support during your course

CEWL offers a range of English language modules for international students who are already registered at the University of Kent.


Useful links

International News

Bronze Award for School of Computing blog The International Impact Award scheme has awarded The School of Computing a Bronze award for creating an internationally-focused blog. The scheme, set up in 2016,  seeks to recognise, promote and reward internationalisation-related activity and achievements within schools and departments at Kent. This year’s scheme focused on school and departmental blogs and how their internationalisation ventures, achievements and strategic activities are catego...

4 January 2019

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Athena Swan Bronze award The School of Computing is delighted to announce it has been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for its gender equality work. The Athena Swan Charter is designed to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. Bronze awards recognise that the school has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff...

29 October 2018

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Kent computing expert featured in children's book on amazing careers A children's book aimed at explaining what sorts of careers are available to them in the future includes an interview with Dr Jason Nurse from the School of Computing. Dr Nurse is featured in the book called Fantastic jobs and how to get them, which has a particular focus on jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Dr Nurse is included as a 'social media scientist' w...

24 October 2018

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Chinese Embassy visit to School of Computing On Friday 28th September, Minister Counsellor Yongli Wang from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China visited the University of Kent. During a meeting concentrating on research he was greeted by Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research & Innovation Professor Philippe De Wilde, with assistance from Dr Caroline Li of the School of Computing. Professor Shujun Li was invited to give a presentation about the Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cy...

3 October 2018

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Last Updated: 29/08/2018